Chelsea on the brink of beating Liverpool in the Timo Werner sweepstakes

Timo Werner, RB Leipzig (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)
Timo Werner, RB Leipzig (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images) /

After Liverpool emerged as favorites to sign the RB Leipzig star, Chelsea have now swooped in and are on the brink of securing a deal for the German striker

With a summer of uncertainty ahead in regards to the transfer window, Chelsea has made the first big splash after agreeing to activate Timo Werner’s release clause of 60 million euros.

The 24-year old has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield for several months now given his admiration of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, but with an already electric trio up top, playing time would be limited if Werner did move to the current Premier League leaders.

Chelsea on the other hand is a side who desperately needs a spark in the final third given their struggles in front of goal this term. Werner would step in immediately and be a regular in the starting eleven with Frank Lampard’s squad. According to sources close to ESPN, the Blues are willing to pay Werner 200,000 per week if they can bring the German international to Stamford Bridge.

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One of the Bundesliga’s brightest stars, Werner has bagged 25 league goals already this season and 31 tallies across all competitions. He’s been a lethal finisher for quite some time now and it’s clear that the youngster is ready for his next challenge which looks to be in England. Chelsea is hoping that regular playing time in London can sway Werner away from Liverpool, although the Reds haven’t made any recent moves in order to sign the player.

Lampard had pinpointed Lyon’s Moussa Dembele as a possible summer target to bolster his attack, but now Werner has emerged as their number one priority. With Hakim Ziyech set to join the club in July from Ajax, adding both of these young talents would instantly make Chelsea better.

Tammy Abraham had an impressive first year in the Premier League, bagging 15 goals. However, consistency was an issue for the Englishmen. Bringing in the Leipzig standout will create some competition up top, even though Werner is able to play out wide or in a central position.

His style of play suits perfectly for the physicality of the Premier League as well. Werner is fast, strong on the ball, and has proven time and time again that he can score goals on a consistent basis. Chelsea is willing to hand him a significant increase in pay if they can secure his signature, giving him ten million per season.

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The Blues have been searching for a proven attacker since January and it looks like they’ve found their man. Clubs have until June 15th to match Leipzig’s asking price for Werner, but Chelsea is determined to finalize this deal within the coming days.